Members at Southport Waterloo AC are keen to get back on track soon after Boris Johnson unveiled his “roadmap” out of lockdown for grassroots sports this week.

And Barrie Hughes, track and field secretary of Southport Waterloo Athletic Club, said he is confident athletes will be ready given the all clear.

Speaking to Merseysportlive, he said: “In lockdown we’ve been training. Instead of two and a half hour sessions, we’ve had one hour-fifteen.

“Every coach has given athletes challenges or work to do on their own, depending on the safety where they are.

“As soon as it becomes official from the PM and council, we’ll be back up and running. Rotas are already set up.”

Praise was given to the council for allowing facility access during current restrictions.

“They’ve been very good giving us the keys to the track so we can still use it whilst gyms aren’t allowed. Other councils didn’t so we were lucky,” added Barrie.

A quick return seems likely for SWAC in the coming months.